With the close of 2012, I want to take a moment and reflect on the past year, and look forward to 2013. As we enter 2013 there are a lot of unknowns, but what we do know is things keep changing for the health care industry. We must keep adjusting; and I want to outline a few ways we continue to “push on” here at NYHQ.
As I write this letter, the federal government has, at least temporarily, resolved a portion of the political and financial stalemate surrounding the “fiscal cliff,” including the “doc fix” issue. But the threat of additional cuts remains for non-profit hospitals, including NYHQ. Current discussions of sequestration and the U.S. debt ceiling are against the backdrop of long-term reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The continued pressure hospitals will face to “trim” and “reform” care delivery is challenging to say the least.
Despite potholes in the road–and a hurricane–we maintained positive momentum in 2012. In a market where the number of in-patients are shrinking, NYHQ recorded our highest market share ever.
Here are a few goals we will continue to focus on in 2013.
I want to wish our community, medical staff and employees a happy and healthy New Year. Look for more information on our goals and plans for 2013 in the State of the Hospital update (dates and times to be announced later in January).
Stephen S. Mills, F.A.C.H.E.
P.S.: We welcome William H. Rodgers, Ph.D., M.D., as the new chairman, Department of Pathology. Dr. Rodgers previously served as the Chairman, Department of Pathology at North Shore-LIJ, Lenox Hill Hospital. Look for additional information in the coming weeks.
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Geddis Abel-Bey, M.D., was promoted to director, Obstetrics.
Saumil Parikh, M.D. and John Cienki, M.D., M.S.P.H. join
the Department of Emergency Medicine as attending physicians. Dr. Parikh
achieved his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in
Richmond, and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at
Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Cienki comes to
NYHQ from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla. Dr. Cienki
received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in
Philadelphia, Pa. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and
Medical Toxicology, and completed fellowship training in Academic
Emergency Medicine at the American College of Emergency Physicians in
Alison E. Suarez, M.D. was appointed associate residency director, and Steven S. Wright, M.D. and Christopher Calandrella, D.O. were appointed assistant residency directors in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
||Sanjey Gupta, M.D., assistant chairman, Emergency Medicine, was elected to the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Gupta was also appointed Chairman of the Research Council for the Wilderness Medicine Society.|
Maureen Buglino, R.N., vice president, Ambulatory Care & Emergency Medicine, contributed to a Greater New York Healthcare Association (GNYHA) work group that examined ways to address challenges New York hospital-sponsored and hospital-affiliated teaching clinics face to improve delivery of primary care. A toolkit developed out of the work group findings, Redesigning the Teaching Clinic: A Toolkit for Improving Care Coordination and Resident Learning, is available at gnyha.org.
In December, Jody Eglinton, president, Women’s Auxiliary,
received the Healthcare Chaplaincy’s annual “Wholeness of Life” award
for demonstrating respect and commitment to others and for exemplifying
body, mind and spirit, the values that bring “wholeness of life” to
NYHQ’s patients and employees.
The Department of Emergency Medicine welcomes visiting physicians and recognizes medical staff traveling to share their expertise.
|Sidney Sternberger, D.M.D., senior resident, Post Graduate Prosthodontics program, received first place at the American College of Prosthodontics 2012 Annual Session for his research, “The Effect of Tissue Entrapment on Screw Loosening at the Implant Abutment Interface - an In-Vitro Study.” Frank Tuminelli, D.M.D., F.A.C.P., director, Prosthodontics, and program director, Graduate Prosthodontics and Kenneth Kurtz, D.D.S, F.A.C.P., director, Maxillofacial Prosthetics served as advisors.|
Pierre F. Saldinger, M.D., F.A.C.S.,
chairman, Department of Surgery and
surgeon-in-chief, was part of a panel
presentation at the American College of Surgeons
(ACS) forum, Improving Surgical Quality - A
Data Driven Approach. The forum was in
partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill
Cornell Medical Center.
The Department of Emergency Medicine presented the following research at the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Research Forum held in Denver, Co.
NYHQ was well-represented at the Chinese American Medical Society’s 49th Annual Scientific Meeting held in combination with the Federation of Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Medical Societies’ (FCMS) 16th Conference on Health Care of the Chinese in North America in November. Paul C. Lee, M.D., chief, Thoracic Surgery; Cynthia Pan, M.D., chief, Geriatrics and Palliative Care and director, Geriatrics Fellowship Program and Loli Huang, M.D., Endocrinology, presented at the meeting.
|Robert Harooni, M.D., associate director, Gastroenterology and director, Quality Care, was elected a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. He will be inducted in April at a ceremony in San Francisco.|
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a number of our employees have suffered catastrophic loss to both personal property and belongings. NYHQ’s Employee Hurricane Relief Fund will assist these employees with financial needs, food, housing, transportation and crisis counseling.
The fund began with contributions from
the Board of Trustees, the NYHQ
Administration and the Women’s Auxiliary
as well as proceeds from the
You can lend your support by:
Mitchell Chorost, M.D., F.A.C.S. , director, Surgical Oncology
and associate director of the Cancer Center and James E.
Satterfield, M.D., surgery, presented information to the community on what you need to know about skin and colon cancers as part of the Queens Library HealthLink Program.
Nearly 200 children filled the NYHQ cafeteria on December 17 for the Department of Pediatrics holiday party in collaboration with George Heinrich, M.D., chairman, Board of Trustees, and the Division of Public Affairs and Marketing. Children enjoyed gifts, provided by Kohl’s, photos with Santa, a visit from Mr. Met and fun activities!
Approximately half an acre of modular green roof is being installed in three places on top of the hospital. NYHQ is receiving the green roof through a grant awarded to Manhattan College from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Researchers from Manhattan College will study our green roof and others in the area to help learn how these rooftops may reduce storm water runoff. The plants that make up the new roof will be visible from some patient rooms in the North and West buildings, as well as the Mother/Baby Unit.
The Department of Emergency Medicine nursing staff held a fundraising event for the Virginia Metacarpa/Felicia Grant Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event raised more than $9,000 in honor of two extraordinary nursing professionals who spent most of their careers at New York Hospital Queens. The fund honoring Virginia Metacarpa and Felicia Grant awards a scholarship each year during Nursing Week to a nursing student who is affiliated with New York Hospital Queens.
Congratulations to all members of the NYHQ Medical Staff who were named as “Super Doctors 2012” by Key Professional Media. The Super Doctors list is available online and as an advertising supplement to The New York Times Magazine. For Key Professional Media’s listings and methodology, visit: http://www.superdoctors.com/about/selection_process.html.
The NYHQ Breast Center Team collected more than $9200 to support the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Special recognition goes out to the team including, Teresa Kresback, podiatry, Jackie Xouris, R.N., director, HealthOutreach, and Nutrition Services members.
In December, the Freedom Medical Aid Team (FreeMAT) of NYHQ collected more than 500 toys to distribute to children of deployed military personnel from Fort Totten in Queens and other local reserve bases in the region. This is the tenth consecutive year that FreeMAT has organized the toy drive. Peter Kwaith, founder of FreeMAT & assistant supervisor, Paramedic/EMTs, at NYHQ leads the effort.
Shea Z. Lerner, director, Development, reports for the second
consecutive year, NYHQ’s major gift fundraising campaign exceeded its
goal. The 2012 campaign has raised more than $1.5 million to support
care delivery at NYHQ.
On December 14, the Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA) held a press conference with NYHQ medical staff. Liu Tee Shu, FBCA chairwoman, and Peter Tu, FBCA executive director, joined Camela Morrissey, vice president & chief marketing officer and NYHQ medical staff from across the organization to provide insight into the services available at NYHQ for the Chinese community.
Four new mini-magazines are available online at nyhq.org/MiniMag The publications provide facts and tips for preventing and managing conditions, including:
Each of the magazines is published in English, Korean and Chinese, includes information on our medical experts, and has phone numbers to help make an appointment.